Barbados is a small island country in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea. Its neighbours include Saint Lucia, to the north, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, to the west, and Trinidad and Tobago to the south. It is a fairly flat island, but with Mount Hillaby rising via terraced tablelands to 336 metres. Barbados is surrounded by coral reefs.

Secretariat support for Barbados 

Gender equality 

In November 2018, the Secretariat worked with Barbados to help improve women’s participation and leadership in politics. 

Gender equality work

Human rights 

The Secretariat is helping Barbados set up an organisation to help it promote, monitor and report on human rights. 

Human Rights work

Law reform 

The Secretariat is helping Barbados to strengthen its laws on internet crime and internet security.  

In 2016, the Secretariat gave Barbados advice on creating effective laws and ways to manage virtual (computer-generated) currencies. This will help Barbados combat terrorist financing and money laundering. 

Legal work

Debt management 

The Secretariat helped Barbados record its securities (a financial instrument such as bonds or stocks) more efficiently on the Commonwealth debt management system. It also helped Barbados strengthen policies and institutions to better manage its public debt. 

Debt management work

Natural resources 

The Secretariat helped Barbados reform regulations to improve management of its petroleum sector. 

After Secretariat help in 2015-16, Barbados signed an agreement on maritime boundaries with Saint Lucia. 

Natural resources work

Blue Charter

Barbados is a member of the following Action Groups: Coral Reef Protection and Restoration, Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance, Marine Protected Areas, Ocean Acidification, Ocean and Climate Change, Ocean Observation, and Sustainable Aquaculture

Blue Charter

Connectivity Agenda

Barbados is a member of the Digital and Regulatory Connectivity cluster of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The Connectivity Agenda is a platform for countries to exchange best practices and experiences to trade and investment and undertake domestic reform.

Connectivity Agenda 

Barbados in the Commonwealth 

Austin Ardinel Chesterfield Clarke was born in Saint James, Barbados, in July 1934. He won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize with his novel, The Polished Hoe. 

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Total population

Key Facts

287,370 (2022)
430 square kilometres
Capital city
Joined the Commonwealth
1966, following independence from Britain